Chi Alpha is a National Movement on hundreds of Universities across the United States. We get our name from the first greek letters of Christou Apostoloi which translates to Christ’s Ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20).
For more information on our national movement, visit our national
Chi Alpha website (www.chialpha.com)
Romans 12:1 says that we are to “offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is true and proper worship”.
Worship is about so much more than singing songs (although we do enjoy singing). It is about sacrificially devoting our lives to the pursuit of God. We want to know him more and fall more in love with him because he is not just an addition to our lives, he is the center of it all. When asked what the greatest commandment was Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” With all we have, we desire to love and glorify God.
Jesus continues, “and the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself”.
We believe everyone in the world is searching for community; a place where they belong. And only true community is found in the family of God. We may not be related by blood, but we are united to each other by our Father. And that’s a stronger bond than any other. As we draw nearer to him, we draw closer to each other.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19
It is built into our DNA as followers of Christ to join God on His mission to reconcile the world to himself. This isn’t just a commission for those who will sell everything they have and become career missionaries in a different country, this is a commission for anyone who considers themselves to be followers of Christ. We are a movement that is missional, both at the University of Alabama and all across the world.
Josh & Katie Ellen
Our fearless leader. Josh “Big Kountry” Ellen grew up as somewhat of a hometown saxophone hero in Norphlet, Arkansas. He got involved in Chi Alpha while he was a student studying psychology at the University of Central Arkansas. After a year in the marketplace, he decided to devote his life to missions which brought him to sweet home Tuscaloosa, Alabama, carrying out the Great Commission on the university campus. Josh loves coffee, flannels, music, and all things outdoors. When he’s not exercising his carpentry skills, or sipping on a pour over with students, you can find him spending time with his wonderful wife, Katie, and his three boys, Jack, Canon, and Silas.
Will grew up in Virginia and graduated from Longwood University with a degree in history secondary-education. Before college he did not know God, but that all changed when he experienced true worship and family in Chi Alpha. Will is probably the most serious coffee drinker you will ever meet, loves to read and study theology, and enjoys playing and listening to music (especially Josh Garrels). He is also a Food Network caliber cook, and He would love to cook you dinner sometime, which is great because then you would get to hang out his awesome wife Amanda and beautiful daughter Michele.
Michael & Lisa Xiques
Michael and Lisa attended school at the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Texas at San Antonio, respectively. There, they started walking with Jesus through Chi Alpha and began pursuing a life of full time ministry. They met at Chi Alpha’s national Reach the U training conference in 2015 and were married May 2017. Michael has a degree in filmmaking, and loves all things music. Lisa holds a degree in interior design and loves to make things look beautiful everywhere she goes. They love exploring, trying new foods, and making new friends. Their greatest passion is discipling college students!
Caleb grew up playing soccer and played all the way through college. He’s basically the Messi of the south. Naturally he chose health science as his major in college, however his real passion was discipling college students with Chi Alpha. Caleb is an adventurer and loves hunting, rock climbing, kayaking, and anything else that has the flavor of danger. And soccer... obviously. You will have a hard time finding someone more humble, determined, or fun than this guy. Caleb has the heart of a lion and is passionate about growing closer to God and leading others closer to him too.
Briggs is a homegrown Alabamian. He came to The University of Alabama in 2015 and got involved int he very first Chi Alpha D-Group at UA. He graduated with a marketing degree and set sail to Arkansas for training so he could come back and join our staff team. There he met his wife Anna Kay who followed him back to Bama. If you can’t find Briggs discipling guys on campus, you can either find him listening to Tim Mackie podcasts, buying clothes, or doing some urban exploration.